The catch? Well done. The throw? Ridiculous – MLB.com

WASHINGTON — What does a Glove Glove Award finalist look like? Roll the tape on Victor Robles.
Fresh off a rain delay in the sixth inning of the Nationals’ 8-3 series-opening loss to the Phillies on Tuesday at Nationals Park, the agile 23-year-old chased down Alec Bohm’s line drive off

WASHINGTON — What does a Glove Glove Award finalist look like? Roll the tape on Victor Robles.

Fresh off a rain delay in the sixth inning of the Nationals’ 8-3 series-opening loss to the Phillies on Tuesday at Nationals Park, the agile 23-year-old chased down Alec Bohm’s line drive off reliever Javy Guerra to center field. Following the ball with his eyes, Robles twisted his body to leap and outstretch his glove arm at the same time for a how-did-he-just-do-that catch. Statcast projected the liner at 376 feet with a 104.3 mph exit velocity.

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The momentum carried Robles onto the warning track in center field before he turned to see the action behind him. Jean Segura, who had been on first base, was already past second base. Quick on his feet — and quick thinking — Robles then hurled the ball 85 mph to Asdrúbal Cabrera on the fly to catch a sliding Segura attempting to hurry back to first and complete the inning-ending double play.

Guerra pointed his glove toward Robles, while Segura looked back into center field, removed his helmet and shook his head.

Robles is starting to make these defensive masterpieces look routine — this was his second head-turning play in a week. Last Wednesday, he robbed Braves third baseman Austin Riley of a go-ahead two-run homer by pulling off a soaring snow cone grab at the wall at Truist Park.

Last season, Robles bested all outfielders with 22 outs above average.

Jessica Camerato covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato, Facebook and Instagram.

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